This week a St Peter’s delegation of Darren Jack, Brendan Terry and myself, along with three Year 13 students and two Board members, attended the triennial Catholic Education Convention. This significant gathering is held every three years in Wellington and it also serves as a reminder that we belong to a very special network of Catholic primary and secondary schools. As parents we are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to have our children educated in Catholic schools where spiritual and moral development is paramount and our values are based on the unshakeable foundation of the gospels. It was good to catch up with former staff members of our two Gore schools and to further strengthen relationships with staff from other Catholic schools in our diocese and beyond.
As a direct action resulting from these strong networks, 115 of our junior students travelled to Dunedin to compete in many sports against St Kevin’s, Kavanagh and Verdon Colleges, on Wednesday. This is by far the largest contingent of students to attend this tournament and I would like to thank all the parents for their support with the early start, and the various coaches, managers and other school staff, who accompanied the group.
We will be celebrating our Feast Day Mass on the morning of Wednesday, 27th June. We are very pleased that Bishop Michael Dooley will be visiting us for this day. We warmly welcome all parents and members of the wider school community to celebrate this occasion with us. More details will be on the website next week.
For the last two years, we have held an Open Night for prospective students and their families towards the end of Term Two. This year our Open Night for both day students and boarders will be held early in Term 3, on Tuesday, 31st July. The Director of Boarding and I are also holding information evenings around Southland during the next three weeks for families interested in boarding. Please spread the word if you know of families who would be interested in attending these and more details can be found on our website and Facebook page. Open place enrolments for 2019 will close on August 10th.
Wishing you all of God’s blessings,